I was feeling bad about the lack of kilometers I had rolled over on my Gixxer this season so decided to head out to the Kootenays, four day, three nights, 1770 km. I did this trip last year on my '05 F4i, often imitated, never duplicated.
We left with the clouds dumping precipitation on us. Just outside of Manning Park the skies parted and we had sunshine the rest of the trip.
Rolled into Princeton cold, wet, heated vest plugged in. Decided to try something different and warmed up at the Brown Bridge Pub. Good food and a departure from always eating at the Copper Mountain Bar & Grill.
Rolled into Osoyoos and stayed at the Coast Beach Hotel. Clean and reasonably priced and right on Osoyoos Lake. Wined and dined at the Wildfire Grill and the usual Smitty's Restaurant in the morning.
Was kept entertained with a classic toy from the 80's while waiting for my food. It's the simple things in life that make me happy
Headed for Rock Creek for fuel on the winding road out of Osoyoos.
Befriended a mule deer and made our traditional offering to the gods for 4 legged free roads.
I have to mention that I love my Cortech bag and would highly recommend it. It fits nicely on my sportbike and conveniently stores everything a girl would need on a road trip, which is probably way too much!
Road through the Kettle River Valley onward to Big White, and took a round 'bout way through Kelowna to avoid their ridiculous traffic lights. Onward to Vernon and stopped in Lumby at a great little German restaurant. Last time I did the Monashee Mountain Pass it was snowing/ hailing with a thick fog rising from the asphalt. What a difference between riding in late May and mid August. Bone dry pavement and some great twisties with very little traffic.
Nestled on Lower Arrow Lake, Needles is the western ferry landing from Needles to Fauquier on the eastern shore.
Tagging as we go
We rode into Nakusp unaware of the town's black out situation.
After power was restored in Nakusp we stayed the night at the Kuskanax Lodge. Their food is always delicious and they make a serious effort to support local farmers and provide you with fresh food with as little impact on the environment as possible.
In the morning there was time for a leisurely breakfasts outside the Pink Pig Restaurant. Its real name is the Broadway Deli Bistro, but the sandwich board outside is a pink pig. It does a great breakfast, has an amazing collection of pinecones and old photos on display inside